One Night Only! A behind the scenes look into the planning of Intern Night

Posted on July 26th, 2017 by

Blog post by education intern Erin Penn. To read more posts from JMM interns, past and present, click here.

Seven weeks ago, I and the fellow interns nervously gathered to learn about the weeks ahead. We learned a lot about our upcoming summer: where the fridge was, how to make phone calls out, and what our responsibilities as interns were. In addition to exciting field trips and tasks from our supervisors, the JMM interns were to plan an exciting program all on our own. We were to pick the date, the time, the activity, etc. That was seven weeks ago and now the event is right around the corner.

Over the past weeks, planning intern night has allowed me to be more than just an education and program intern. From phone calls to Facebook “research”, I’ve loved putting my hands in the different parts of this intern extravaganza. Once we decided to host a trivia night, I began researching the dos and donts. With trivia, the questions were meant to be hard but not too hard, easy but not too easy. Trivia needs to be up to Goldilocks standards, just right!

After embracing trivia, I went on a mass search to find and gather the interns of Baltimore. Sara and I, the two education interns, read summer job posting and googled the biggest financial firms in Baltimore. Once we had compiled a list of intern supervisors, we were ready to craft the best email! The email had to be eye catching, brand appropriate, and reach our target market: interns. We played around with formats, debated fonts, and copied various animated pizzas until like Goldilocks our flyer and email was just right!

The flyer we worked on has all the required details and a fun eye-popping font!

The flyer we worked on has all the required details and a fun eye-popping font!

With the word out for event, we had to make sure the event was worthwhile. My fellow interns and I selected local businesses to contact. We tirelessly emailed, called, and visited to get vouchers and gift cards. The prizes were piling up! I’m a little sad to see of them go to our guests; I had my eye on the Charmery gift card. (I love malt chocolate-chip).

The intern night prizes folder is exploding with awesome deals.

The intern night prizes folder is exploding with awesome deals.

Planning intern night from the ground up, allowed us to really have a hand in EVERYTHING! We even got to decorate and design the layout of the space. With our interior decorator hats on, Sara and I thought about the best flow for our guests and how to make the best buffet. Officially all the hard work is done. It was so meaningful to have a direct say in this event and make a program for ourselves. I can’t wait to see the event from the guests’ eyes as they nosh on desserts and solve a tricky riddles.

 

 

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It’s the Little Things

Posted on June 28th, 2017 by

Blog post by Education Intern Erin Penn. To read more posts from JMM interns, past and present,click here.

“Its all in the details.” This basic idiom used to help people embrace the little things beautifully demonstrates the challenges and tasks of an education and programs intern. It’s the little things that create a successful program or a thoughtful tour.

Interns having fun at the Just Married! photo arch! Photo by Will Kirk.

Interns having fun at the Just Married! photo arch! Photo by Will Kirk.

Preparing for the opening of Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland, I loved embracing the details and little touches from trimming the poms-poms into flowers to counting five candied almonds for each gift bag. One task required me to punch two hundred tags for the party favors. As I punched the tags, I gained expert paper cutting skills and achieved super hero status.  After my week as Martha Stewart craft master, the day had arrived to decorate the JMM lobby.  It was exciting designing the space because we quickly discovered the correct ways to hang the paper and to hide the safety pins. Each decoration was added to the lobby and the room felt transformed. It was surreal to see the copious tissue paper fans beautifully complement the new Just Married! Exhibit.

One Flower. Two Flower. Coral Flower. White Flower.. It was raining tissue paper flowers in the office.

One Flower. Two Flower. Coral Flower. White Flower.. It was raining tissue paper flowers in the office.

On the education side, the details are also hugely important. Every tour of Lloyd Street Synagogue that is given has its own unique flavor based off the docent and visitor group. Here, the little known facts and architectural elements of the building create a rich and educational experience. For example, a tour for Jewish students looks very different than a tour for people who have never been to a synagogue.  In order for all students and visitors to get the most out of the Jewish Museum, the little things must be intentionally directed to the visitor. Even in the supplemental question guide for Just Married! every little thing matters, from the wording and formatting. We made sure questions had visual hints and each question was clear.  At the end, we figuratively and literally dotted all the i’s and t’s.

The scavenger hunt shows the artifacts from the exhibit and big and easy to read type.

The scavenger hunt shows the artifacts from the exhibit and big and easy to read type.

All the little things whether it being the color of the confetti or the font of the survey boosts and betters the program. These projects and tasks have allowed me to be creative and think outside the box. The devil isn’t in the details but the fun is!

 

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Museum Matters: May 2017

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by

Ilene Dackman-Alon leads Morrell Park EMS students through Remembering Auschwitz.

Ilene Dackman-Alon leads Morrell Park EMS students through Remembering Auschwitz.

When we began planning for our current exhibition, Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity, it was important to our staff that we develop an exhibit that didn’t just display a familiar narrative of Holocaust history but rather presented visitors with new insights about what it means to remember the events of the past today. As we move into the exhibit’s final weeks, it has been gratifying to see how the exhibit has resonated with visitors of all backgrounds (particularly with the hundreds of school children who have visited since March) and also by the many conversations that have been sparked through exhibit tours and related programs about how the lessons of the Holocaust inform our lives today.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see the exhibit, I encourage you to visit in the next few weeks as the exhibit closes on May 29 (yes, we are open on Memorial Day!) There’s still plenty of time to participate in one of our wonderful programs taking place the next few weeks.  I would especially draw your attention to our Annual Meeting on May 25. In addition to welcoming a new class of board members, we will be hosting best-selling author, Steven Roberts whose timely talk We Are All Immigrants, We Are All Refugees connects the historical experience of Jewish immigration, including the experience of those fleeing Germany, to the plight of refugees today.

While the Remembering Auschwitz exhibit leaves us soon, JMM remains committed to Holocaust education and commemoration endures, ensuring that the stories of our local community of Holocaust survivors are not forgotten.

Programs:

May

Stories of Survival

Stories of Survival: Golda Kalib
Sunday, May 7 at 1:00pm
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Born in Bodzentyn, Poland, Golda Kalib was very young at time of Nazi invasion. While initially hidden with a Christian family, she experienced the horrors of the Holocaust in a labor camp and Auschwitz. Hear her storiy in her own words.

Unexpected

The Unexpected Generation:
Polish Jews Discovering Their Roots, A Personal Story

Sunday, May 7 at 3:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Agi Legutko, Columbia University
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Imagine discovering—as a teenager or young adult—that your parents or grandparents hid their identity for their (and your) safety. How would you feel? What would you do? Ever since the fall of Communism in Poland in 1989, when Jewish matters stopped being a taboo subject, more and more people have discovered their Jewish roots. Click here for more info.

Still from Steven

Tuesday Night Film Series
Steven
Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30pm
Speaker: Film Maker Jim Vogel
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Steven is a video documentary  of the life of Steven Vogel, as narrated by Steven himself.  The video recollections describe life growing up in Budapest, Hungary in a religious Jewish home,  the experience of  seeing Nazi troops enter Budapest, Gestapo coming  to his home to arrest him and his mother and being taken to Auschwitz  in a cattle car where he and his mother  came face to face with Joseph Mengele.  The video describes his liberation and the cunning maneuvers that lead to Steven Vogel being the first Hungarian citizen to receive a US immigration visa  following the war.

Destination Unknown

Tuesday Night Film Series
Destination Unknown
Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30pm
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Lessons of the Holocaust Today
Sunday, May 21st at 1:00pm
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Reflections on Holocaust remembrance and commemoration.

JMM 2017 Annual Meeting

We Are All Immigrants

We Are All Immigrants

We Are All Immigrants, We Are All Refugees
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker:
Steven Roberts, journalist and author
Thursday, May 25 at 6:30pm
FREE – Reserve Your Seat

Immigrants have provided a continuous source of vitality and ingenuity to this country since its founding. Steve Roberts, author of From Every End of This Earth, a study of 13 modern immigrant families, will tell that story.

JUNE

SAVE THE DATE!

Save the Date!

Save the Date!

Members Only:
Love, Laughter, and L’Chaim
A Celebration of Jewish Marriage in American Theater
Thursday Evening, June 15th
Presented by Center Stage and the JMM

Laughter and tears, sorrow and joy, salt and sugar: all the elements of ordinary life can be found in how American Jews have experienced marriage— from wooing and betrothal through the ceremonial celebration and on to the sometimes-bitter aftermath. Take a whirlwind tour through these highs and lows, in a dynamic hour-long excursion through some theatrical highlights from the past century. A special preview event for Jewish Museum of Maryland members!

Esther’s Place: the Shop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Mezuzahs, jewelry, and more!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner – stop in and pick up the perfect gift for all the mothers in your life!

 

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